Palazzo Ducale Guarini

PUGLIA

Scorrano

  • 12 Sleeps
  • 6  Bedrooms
  • 4  Bathrooms
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About the Villa

A superb historic oasis in the centre of a charming Puglia town.

The ground floor suites of historic Palazzo Ducale Guarini, parts of which date back to the 14th century, has been beautifully restored to offer an extremely high standard of accommodation. The elegant interiors, the mature, beautifully tended walled gardens and the inviting pool all make for a privileged, refined atmosphere.

"Palazzo Ducale Guarini was exceptional and exceeded our expectations. It was more expansive and impressive than we had imagined and the owners and staff were divine, making us feel at home and well cared for. The Thinking Traveller experience was excellent from start to finish. Everyone was incredibly helpful and obliging and the villa was exceptional, which all made for an incredible experience." DC, Australia, June 2019

Internet Connections Explained

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All The Thinking Traveller's villas have some kind of Internet facility and, where possible, we try to ensure that this is an ADSL broadband Wi-Fi connection.

However, some rural areas and those far from the main towns and cities have not yet been connected to the high-speed broadband network. Therefore, in some of our villas we offer an alternative type of connection (specified in the amenities table of each individual villa page). 

Please note that although we work very hard to provide reliable internet service at our villas, these services are potentially erratic and can fail due to network failures completely out of our control. We regret that we cannot accept responsibility for loss of connection due to such network failures.

Here is some information about the most common connection types:

ADSL Broadband

This is by far the fastest and most reliable connection type available and uses traditional copper wires. In the UK, ADSL is most commonly referred to as broadband. It is suitable for most surfing requirements. Generally an ADSL line is only available within two miles of a telephone exchange, so in rural or more remote areas it usually not available.

An ADSL Internet connection in a villa can then be distributed using a Wi-Fi router, allowing a wireless connection with one or more device, or by a cable, which can be plugged into most laptops.

NB If a fast, constant and reliable Internet connection is vital for you (i.e. you expect to be working a lot during your holiday), please specify this to your Villa Specialist. It may be better to rent a villa with an ADSL broadband connection.


3G WiFi Internet routers

In some of our villas, 3G Wi-Fi Internet connections are provided by a small router unit that uses the 3G mobile network, similar to that used by many mobile phones. The unit receives the signal and retransmits it wirelessly making it possible for a few devices to connect at the same time. 3G Wi-Fi units work best in the immediate area around them (i.e. they won’t create a Wi-Fi environment throughout the entire villa) and so the best connection will be within close range of the unit, usually in the same room.

The signal may be affected by weather conditions (i.e. strong winds or storms), and the overall strength depends entirely on the service provider's presence in the area. We cannot accept responsibility for slow or absent signals.

Please note that 3G Wi-Fi is provided for basic Internet browsing and checking of email only. Guests are requested not to download large files such as movies or make Skype video calls, as most units have a maximum monthly data usage of 10Gb.

NB If a fast, constant and reliable Internet connection is vital for you (i.e. you expect to be working a lot during your holiday), please specify this to your Villa Specialist. It may be better to rent a villa with a normal ADSL connection. 

 

Mobile Broadband Internet Dongles/Keys

Dongles, or Internet keys, can be slotted into a USB port on your computer and use a data SIM card to connect to a 3G or other data network, normally supplied by mobile phone networks. At the villas where this is provided, clients are usually requested to buy their own data SIM card and top up as they go (details of where and how to purchase one are provided in the House Guide you will receive before departure).

The signal may be affected by weather conditions (i.e. strong winds or storms), and the overall strength depends entirely on the service provider's presence in the area. We cannot accept responsibility for slow or absent signals.

NB If a fast, constant and reliable Internet connection is vital for you (i.e. you expect to be working a lot during your holiday), please specify this to your Villa Specialist. It may be better to rent a villa with a normal ADSL conection. 


WiMAX / Satellite connections

WiMAX and satellite Internet connections have performance levels similar to cabled ADSL hi-speed Internet connections. Wi-Fi access within the property is provided by a special modem-router. WiMAX and Satellite connections are present in our villas when there is no normal cabled broadband infrastructure in the area (still quite common in more remote areas). These kind of connections may be affected by atmospheric conditions, however, so we cannot guarantee that the signal will be as constant as cabled connections. The connection speed of this type connection in our Ionian Island villas is a little slower and comes with a limit of Mbs, so guests are requested not to download large files, stream films or use Skype to make calls.


Connecting to the Internet abroad using your smartphone or tablet (roaming)

As of June 2017, there are no roaming charges for EU citizens (with an EU provider) travelling within the EU. 

If you are travelling from outside the EU and wish to use your smartphone or tablet while on holiday, here are a few tips for cutting down on foreign data-roaming charges:

The first thing to do is to check with your provider to see if there are any special deals available (there's usually something on offer). You should also make sure your phone is unlocked (you can ask your operator to do this) if you wish to buy a foreign SIM card while you're away.

If there are no suitable deals available from your operator (and your phone/tablet has been unlocked), we recommend you buy a local prepaid data SIM card (details of where and how can be found in your House Guide). It might also be useful to bring a cheap handset, put your UK SIM into the cheap handset and the local data SIM into your smartphone, so that any data you access will be charged at the local rate. If you do buy a local SIM, most smart phones can then be used to provide a Wi-Fi hotspot, providing data access for up to five devices, including smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Finally, when abroad, switch off 3G, switch off ‘data roaming’ on iPhones or switch the priority to Wi-Fi rather than 3G on Symbian devices, thus avoiding charges when your phone attempts to access emails.

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Amenities

  • Accommodates (max)  12
  • Bedrooms  6
  • Double beds  1
  • Twins  2
  • Flexible doubles/twins  3
  • Bathrooms  4
  • ... of which en suite  4
  • Daily maid service 
  • Cook 
  • Breakfast preparation 
  • Pool (LxW in metres) ¹ 12x6
  • Air conditioning ²
  • Open fireplace 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • iPod docking station 
  • Satellite TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • ADSL Wi-Fi Internet [i] ³
  • Vegetable garden 
  • Barbecue 
  • Shopping service 
  • Cookery classes 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
  • Walking distance to restaurant(s) 
  • Walking distance to shop(s) 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ single depth 1.4m.
² in the bedrooms
³ in the communal areas and bedrooms

Pool open from Easter to end of October.

 

Inside: guest accommodation is on the ground floor of Palazzo Ducale Guarini with most rooms directly accessing the wonderful gardens. The main entrance takes one into a generously proportioned hall, whose high vaulted ceilings, pristine white walls and immaculate finish set the tone for the rest of the property. Five broad steps lead up to an elegant, luminous drawing room with French windows opening out into the gardens. A small hallway accessed from the drawing room leads to the first bedroom, Foglia, a double-twin with an en-suite shower room and doors leading out to the gardens. Back in the drawing room a second door leads to the 14th century heart of the palazzo, now home to a voluminous living area with open fireplace and an inviting TV corner. The living area flows into the impressive barrel-vaulted dining room, which is served by a well-equipped kitchen. A corridor leads from the dining room to an internal winter garden, which provides access to two more bedrooms. To the left is Stella, a double with en-suite shower room and a sitting area in front of a fireplace, while to the right, up a few steps, is Luna, a suite comprising a double-twin bedroom and a sitting room leading to an en-suite shower room. The sitting room, which also accesses the garden, may be transformed into a twin (the fourth bedroom) and is suitable for children whose parents are staying in Luna. The fifth bedroom, Seme, is a double-twin with en-suite shower room, accessed only from the gardens. A stone spiral staircase leads from Seme to the sixth and final bedroom, a twin bedroom with low ceilings, suitable for children whose parents are sleeping below.

Outside: much of your time at Palazzo Ducale Guarini will undoubtedly be spent in the superb private garden, which is very much at the centre of life. It is an historic garden based on the original 19th century plan and features a vast array of trees and plants, including some unexpected and rare species. Following the paths between the trees and flowering plants one soon comes across an antique fountain, a vegetable garden from which you may pluck produce for your meals, and, the lovely pool, built where there was once an irrigation basin. Near to the pool is a dining area, an outdoor kitchen and a large covered sitting. Breakfast may be taken at the wrought iron tables in the shade of the citrus trees to one side of the house. Walk out of Palazzo Ducale Guarini and you're in the middle of Scorrano, a charming town to explore.

 

Think About

Between 4th-9th July the centre of Scorrano plays host to a spectacular festival of illuminations in celebration of Santa Domenica. Famous for its production of decorative lights used in hundreds of towns and villages all over Italy for local celebrations, Scorrano's festival is quite something. Apart from the illuminations, there is food, wine, processions, music and a great atmosphere.

Palazzo Ducale Guarini provides totally private accommodation for up to 8 people in four double rooms. The palazzo can sleep up to 12 people. However, since the fourth and sixth bedrooms use bathrooms accessed through the third and fifth bedrooms, these bedroom pairs may be most suitable for families with children as some loss of privacy may incur.

A small, very minor road running past the far end of the garden can occasionally be heard in the pool area, though does not, in our experience or that of our many clients, disturb.
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